These are Wood Storks, LOTS of them. There are more behind the camera.
The water is extremely low; you can see the dry edges that are usually
submerged all the way to the palm trees in the far background.
It was dry land instead of a wetland
, and the Wood Storks were feasting
on the fish which were concentrated in the last bit of water, and
seemingly easier to catch, perhaps because of poor water quality.
In the morning the Wood Storks and the other birds were moving around
and feasting on fish.
Wood Storks were the clear majority, but a variety of species of birds
was enjoying the easy meal.
This big white Great Egret
flew in to
snack, and this pink Roseate Spoonbill
joined the party as well.
When this Wood Stork landed with its fish, the small
scurry out of the way to avoid getting squashed.
are fairly large diving birds, but this one is small beside the
preening Wood Stork. There were lots of other birds
enjoying the day
Many of the birds, having eaten their fill, retreated to the shore to
digest their feast. Roy pointed out one Wood Stork that stood alone with its back to
the water. When I left, he was showing a park ranger the bird. It had an
arrow stuck through its foot.
I took over thirty pictures of this injured Wood Stork because it was
far away and I wanted to get as clear a shot as possible. The bird never
It's awful to think that someone might have done this
deliberately. It is horrible for the bird, and won't be much fun for the
owner of the fingerprints that get lifted from the arrow if they manage
to catch the stork.
Lest I leave you in sadness, scroll down to my favorite picture of how
awesome these huge birds can appear.
...and then perhaps visit my other Wood Stork